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I was going to make a Real Blog Post out of this but realized I do not have it in me right now to add enough commentary to make it more than a signal-booster--and since I have more LJ/DW friends than blog readers, it seemed more sensible just to post it here.

EDGE Boston reports that a transgendered man was attacked in a restroom on the Long Beach campus of Cal State. The story is dated April 28, 2010, and the attack took place on April 15.

There has been almost no reporting of this incident in California itself that I can find with a quick Google. The LA Times ran a couple of extremely brief stories giving the bare details without any sort of followup. They did manage to use the right pronouns, but the second article emphasized only that the victim was "satisfied" with how CSU officials dealt with the incident, but EDGE Boston notes that not everyone in the QTBLG community at CSU Long Beach feels quite so happy about it.

From here, all I can think to say is why did I only hear about this yesterday? I don't keep up with daily news particularly obsessively precisely because most stories are distressing in one way or another so I have to conserve my emotional energy to those things that I choose to take on. I'd have liked to have taken this on a little sooner--not that there is anything in particular I can do, other than make sure people know that this sort of thing can and does happen even in California cities. The student who was attacked has stated that Cal State felt like a second home to him but he no longer feels safe there.

I kinda wonder how satisfied he can be with the school's response if campus is no longer a safe place for him.

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May. 14th, 2010 10:31 am (UTC)
I had heard about it right away, through the internets. I should have reposted it. There were links to a Long Beach TV news story about a rally two weekss after. At which he spoke and was on camera, but I see the EDGE story says he wants his name out of the papers now. So I guess I won't repost that.

Anyway, aside from blog posts and email, the story doesn't seem to have gotten picked up nationally.

I just wrote a long comment and erased it. I need to think more. Anyway, it's scary.
May. 15th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
Yeah maybe he is shying away from publicity and that is keeping the story relatively low-profile.

This reminds me uncomfortably of the woman raped in the East Bay for having a rainbow sticker on her car a little over a year ago. Too close for comfort, you know? Long Beach is not nearby, but it is close enough to a major city to feel like it could just as well have happened in Berkeley.

Stuff like this is why I don't watch the news, actually, but I think we have to keep in mind who is secure where. That is, nobody, nowhere, really.


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